Waaju – Grown

Album Review | Olindo Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson

I quite like the word ‘waaju’, which means ‘to urge, inspire and to take action’, a good starting point for any musical combo that takes it’s music seriously.  The young London-based quintet not only take their music seriously, but take it to places otherwise unchartered.  It’s a fusion of global styles from Moroccan gnawa to Mali’s rich folk music by way of a distinctly British jazz feel and injected with the infectious carnival spirit of the Caribbean.  Predominantly instrumental throughout, with the exception of the funky “Time’s Got a Hold”, featuring Will Heard’s Stevie Wonder styled vocal, the six tracks evoke a live feel, which one could imagine being a more enjoyable experience than on record.

Choice Track: Listening Glasses (NSV 503)